It’s official, we’re a nation of wasters… and we need HELP fast ;-)
People hate to waste food, but the problem is we do it without thinking. Somewhere along the line we stopped treating food like it’s precious and started thinking of it as disposable. Nowadays, throwing away food is a part of everyday life, despite the fact that it’s pushing up the price of food and has knock-on costs for the environment, producers and society.
In February DEFRA, the British government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, released new figures showing that 17% of all food bought by UK shoppers ends up in the bin. This report is part of a renewed focus on food waste and we’re seeing much more about it in the press and on TV. It seems that times are changing as food becomes more expensive and food poverty is increasing.
“Food poverty” is one of the most disturbing symptoms of our broken food system. In Britain, the 6th richest country in the world, millions of children go hungry because people do not have enough money to buy food. Richard Corrigan explains this problem in his documentary, “On Hunger,” where he meets British families affected by food poverty. This 30 second introduction to his programme is a bite-sized look at the facts.
In the programme, Richard highlights the work of the FareShare organisation, which is a very positive example of people coming together to implement practical solutions to the issues of food waste and food poverty. Like FoodCycle and Food AWARE, FareShare takes surplus food that supermarkets throw away and makes it into great meals for people in need.
At hiSbe we think it’s time for retailers to take responsibility for the part they play in food waste and food poverty. That’s why End Waste is one of hiSbe‘s 8 Everyday Choices. We think supermarkets are a key driver of our throwaway food culture and they need to step up and start being part of the solution, not the problem.
Disappointingly, the big four supermarkets just don’t seem to get it. This report from Channel 4 captures the problem… supermarkets seem to be saying, “it’s not our fault, it’s our customers’ fault.” At a time when we need positive, practical help for our food waste problem, are supermarkets just a waste of space?